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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
I made two tags from this stunning kit by TADD:
Dark Night

It has 111 elements, 5 frames and 20 papers.
So many possibilities including Goth or Halloween themes.
Done in various shades of black/grey and vivid red.
Perfect for your beautiful dark tags and projects.
Sold at these stores:

I used two different tubes for my tags:
Both can be found at PicsForDesign

Friday, April 15, 2016
If you can't find the right mask for your creation
You may just want to make your own.
Here is an easy way to do that.

First, you will always have a black background.
Second, you will be working with white
and different shades of grey.
Let me explain this.
Anything in your mask that is colored black
will completely wipe out anything beneath it.
Like this:
This is a mask I made

I placed this mask over a blue layer.
This is what happened to the black area.

See? The black part completely removed any color 
that was in the layer that I applied the mask to.

White and Grey:
When you use white in a mask
that area will show through 100%.
Look at my mask above.
The white parts (the flowers and parts of the clouds)
allowed the color of the blue layer,
to show completely with 100% opacity, or visibility.

Using different shades of grey will affect the opacity too.
The lighter the grey, the more visible color beneath it.
Darker grey will show less opacity.
Look up at my mask again.
The darker grey areas of the mask
(like in the center of the mask)
reduce the visibility of the blue layer.
This gives it a softer look.

Ok. Now let's do this.

Open a new canvas.
Make the canvas at least 800x800 pixels.
 Flood fill your first layer black.
This will be your background for your mask.

Now create a new layer.
Choose white or a shade of grey for color.
Browse through your brushes.
Find one you want to use for your mask.
Size the brush to fit your canvas.
Now use this brush to begin your mask.
This part is totally up to you.
Only you know what you want.
Play around with your brush until you like what you see.
In the mask above,
I started with a cloud brush
and placed it in several places on one layer.
This is my mask with only two layers:
the black background and the cloud layer.

I decided it needed more.
So I added another new layer.
I found a different brush and played some more.
This is the new layer I made.
(I've hidden the first cloud layer so you can see this more clearly)
Again, I placed the brush in several different places.

Now I have three layers:
black background
cloud layer
flower layer

When I was completely happy with it,
I saved it as a psd.
 Then I merged all layers together by saving it as a jpeg.
Viola! A mask!

You can find free brushes all over the net.
Just do a search for free PSP brushes or PS brushes.
Please read the TOU before using the brushes.
Some are for personal use only,
others can be used for commercial use.
You can also use preset shapes.

Play to your hearts content!
You can make as many layers as you want.
Some of my masks started out with over 10 layers.
I always make a new layer for each brush I use.

I also save my masks as psd before merging.
That way, I can go back and play some more if I want to.
Then I save the mask as a jpeg.
That will automatically merge all your visible layers into one.
And there you go.

I hope this helps you in creating your own unique masks.
♥Thanks for looking! ♥

♥Tribute to Rieka♥

To honor Rieka and all she has blessed me with, I will be leaving all my tuts that I have written with her kits on my blog. They are not coming down. Even though her kits are no longer available, the tuts I wrote using them are my tribute to her. Hopefully, they will inspire you the way Rieka inspired me. Love You, Rieka! You'll be forever in my heart.♥

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Hi Ya'll! I'm Savage and I'd like to welcome you to Redneck Tuts. These are not your ordinary tuts, as they are geared toward those of us that don't have "working knowledge" of Photoshop or PSP. My tuts are all done in PS. They are designed to show you different techniques that you may not know. I hope you learn something that you can use in your creations in the future. Please, just have fun and put your own spin on these tuts. Be original and shine! Love Ya! ♥
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